Learn about how to cut bok choy, bok choy nutrition, and how to cook this leafy green vegetable. This post includes step-by-step photos, a short video, and my favorite bok choy recipes!
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Bok choy, also known as pak choi, is a leafy green vegetable in the cabbage family that’s commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has a crunchy texture and mildly bitter, delicious taste.
If you are wondering how to cut bok choy and prepare it for cooking, you’re in the right place. Scroll through this post to learn about cutting bok choy into halves, quarters, and strips. Be sure to check out the photos and watch the short video, too!
Bok Choy Nutrition
The delicious taste of bok choy is just one reason to eat more of it. In addition, this veggie is highly nutritious. It provides fiber, vitamin C, and beneficial plant compounds known as glucosinolates.
Here are the nutrition facts for 2 cups of chopped bok choy:
- Calories: 18
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fat: <1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 3 grams
- Fiber: 1.4 grams
- Calcium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin A: 124% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 104% of the DV
- Vitamin K: 53% of the DV
How to Clean Bok Choy
Dirt can hide in between the leaves of bok choy. To clean bok choy and remove dirt, swish the heads in a container filled with cold water, gently opening the leaves as needed to get all of the dirt. Drain, rinse, and pat dry before cutting and cooking.
How to Cut Bok Choy into Halves or Quarters
Some recipes may call for halved baby bok choy. To prepare bok choy in this way:
- Slice baby bok choy in half lengthwise.
- Trim the root, but keep it intact so that the leaves don’t fall apart.
If you are using large bok choy, cut it into quarters instead of halves by following these steps:
- Slice the large head of bok choy in half lengthwise.
- Cut each half in half again to yield quarters. Trim the root, but keep it intact.
How to Cut Bok Choy into Leaves
- Cut off the root end.
- Pull apart the leaves.
How to Chop Bok Choy
- Cut off the root and pull apart the leaves.
- Stack leaves on top of each other and slice in half lengthwise.
- Chop across the leaves.
If you want to cut bok choy into strips, just cut the leaves crosswise without slicing them in half first.
How to Cut Bok Choy for Soup
Bok choy soup recipes may call for it halved, chopped, or separated into leaves. Follow the relevant set of instructions above to prepare it in the right way for your recipe.
Bok Choy Recipes
Now that you know how to cut bok choy, let’s get cooking! Some of my favorite ways to eat bok choy include the Vegetarian Bok Choy Miso Soup, Sesame Ginger Roasted Bok Choy, Vegan Bok Choy Stir Fry with Mango, and the Spaghetti Squash “Ramen.”
Watch How to Prepare Bok Choy
How to Cut Bok Choy
- cutting board and knife
- 1 head bok choy
- Clean bok choy before preparing by placing it in a container of water and swishing it around to remove the dirt between the leaves. Drain, rinse, and pat dry.
Halves or Quarters
- If using baby bok choy, slice in half lengthwise. Trim the root end, but keep it mostly intact so that the leaves don't fall apart.
- If using large bok choy, slice in half lengthwise and then into quarters. Trim the root ends, but leave enough to keep the leaves intact.
- Cut off the root end. Pull apart the leaves.
Strips or Diced
- Cut off the root end. Make a couple piles of the leaves stacked on top of each other.
- To cut into strips, slice a pile of the leaves crosswise across the stems.
- To dice, cut the leaves in half lengthwise. Then, slice crosswise to yield diced leaves and stalks.
Happy cooking! – Lizzie